Health Desk-- May 18, 2017: Experts at a farmers' field day have laid emphasis on enhancing cultivation and consumption of high zinc-enriched BRRI dhan74 rice to meet nutrition and increase disease resistant capacities of the common people.
They came up with the opinion at the event organised by RDRS Bangladesh, an NGO, to harvest zinc enriched BRRI dhan74 rice in village Sarkerpara under Sadar upazila in Nilphamari district on Wednesday afternoon.
The NGO has been expanding farming technology of zinc-enriched BRRI dhan74 rice with assistance of its Agriculture and Environment Unit under technical and financial cooperation of The HarvestPlus Challenge Programme.
Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) for Nilphamari Md Idris Ali attended the event as the chief guest with Chairman of local Polashbari union Mamtaz Ali Pramanik in the chair.
Assistant Deputy Director of the DAE for Nilphamari Md Keramat Ali, Sub-assistant Agriculture Officer Prafulla Kumar Roy and Project Coordinator of School Feeding Programme of RDRS Bangladesh Anondo Kumar Paul also spoke.
The chief guest said the common people in Bangladesh mainly depend on rice for meeting majority of their vitamin and mineral requirements though common rice does not contain enough micro-nutrients required for leading healthy and productive life.